Saints GM Loomis seeks stability, and value for Payton

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says he values stability and that influenced the club’s decision to retain coach Dennis Allen after finishing this season at 7-10 and outside the playoff picture. Loomis says the franchise is unsatisfied with the season’s results but that there were positive developments that left him optimistic. Loomis also confirms he’s granted Arizona, Denver and Houston permission to interview Sean Payton. The retired coach remains under contract with New Orleans and the Saints would have to agree to trade him.

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